Take Me Home

Common Sense Media says

One Direction stays sweet, but expect some innuendo.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Little Things" is about loving all the good and bad parts of a person -- especially when they don't: "joining up the dots with the freckles on your face, it all makes sense to me ... I'm in love with all those little things -- it's you they add up to ... you still love to squeeze into your jeans, but you're perfect to me."

Positive role models

Although One Direction has certainly matured (along with their music) on this album, they still keep it mostly clean. The lyrics are fine, with only some minor innuendo, and they always sing about loving someone for all that they are, like in "Little Things."

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Minor innuendo, talk about kissing, and "staying over": "When we touch, do you get this kind of rush, baby say yeah-eh-eh. If you don't wanna take it slow and you just wanna take me home, baby say yeah-eh-eh." On the song "Last First Kiss," it says, "wanna be the first to take it all the way like this." "Live While We're Young" has the following chorus: "Tonight let's get some!"

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Second album from ultra-popular Brit boy band, who've spawned their own cottage industry of related products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Take Me Home is definitely a notch up the sexy scale for One Direction, so there's a little innuendo and lyrics like "tonight let's get some!," and talk about kissing and "staying over," but the lyrics stay clean, and the still-sweet and positive content keep it OK for older tweens and up.

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What's the story?

Still riding high from the worldwide success of their debut album, Up All Night, Brit boy band One Direction releases their sophomore album, TAKE ME HOME. It features the smash hit "Live While We're Young," along with 13 other tracks.

Is it any good?


One Direction has matured during their rocket-paced rise to success, and so has their music. Songs like "Kiss You," "Last First Kiss," and "Change My Mind" have some minor innuendo -- like you'd expect from teenage boys singing about girls and young love -- but the band manages to keep it sweet and positive. "Little Things" is an acoustic, heart-tugging ballad that celebrates all the little parts of a person that the person might be insecure about -- adding up to what makes them loveable.

Songs like the upbeat, self-deprecating "I Would"; the slower, declaratory "Over Again"; and the ever-relatable and timeless "Summer Love" are good examples of why fans can't seem to get enough of OD. Take Me Home?  Yes, please.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about music for tweens and teens. Do you think it's OK for tweens to listen to music that has some sexual innuendo in it -- even if it's minor? Are kids exposed to more today than they used to be, or are we just more aware of lyrics?

  • Do you think it's necessary for bands/singers to adjust their music for more mature audiences? Who are some artists or bands that have changed their music from tame to sexy? Who hasn't? What are the results? Is their a different standard when it comes to males and females?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:November 13, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybscgirl December 1, 2012

take me home

i love these boys :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bywizkid705 November 25, 2012

Fun album!

This is a great album! The music is super catchy. There is nothing obviously inappropriate in it, but it does talk about relationships. They sing things like "stay for the night," but that's about the extent to it. This is a good CD for teens and pre-teens. I'm not really a "Directioner", but this album is awesome!! Some of my favorites are "Little Things" (Really sweet and refreshingly raw song about imperfections–lovely message), "They Don't Know About Us," & "I Would."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byCupcake756 November 22, 2012

A MUST for true Directioners

Take Me Home is y new favorite album. I was, however, a bit surprised at some of the innuendo used. There is a song called "Rock Me" and many people are saying that it's about sex, but it could easily be a song about rock music as well. Innuendo includes, "I wanna be the first to take it all the way like this" and others. The song C'mon C'mon hints that a boy is looking at someone at a club because "The one that I came with, she had to go," but all in all, if you're a hardcore directioner, you absolutly HAVE to get this album. Also, the innuendo went over my 10 year old sister's head, so younger kids wont understand.
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Too much sex


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